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WFP Zimbabwe: Country Brief, November 2016

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Highlights

  • WFP is working with UNHCR and the Government to assist refugees fleeing the conflict in Mozambique.

  • Despite the liquidity challenges, WFP together with partners have scaled up cash-based assistance, reaching 365,000 people with mobile cash, direct cash distribution or electronic vouchers in November.

  • WFP’s 2016 Productive Asset Creation cycle came to an end in November after rehabilitating fifty-three assets in seven districts in the country.

Operational Updates

  • The clashes in Mozambique between government forces and Renamo caused the displacement of an estimated 2,500 people to Zimbabwe. WFP in partnership with UNHCR and the Government have started relocating the refugees from the border to Tongogara refugee camp, providing assistance whilst in the camp.

  • All in-kind distributions for the Lean Season Assistance were completed for the month of November, reaching 431,911 people. An additional 364,997 people were reached through cash-based transfers during the first week of December due to delays caused by the liquidity challenges for the direct cash distributions.

  • In preparation for the roll out this month of Moderate Acute Malnutrition treatment in 22 districts with Global Acute Malnutrition rates above 5 percent, an inception meeting with partners and Government; and a training of trainer’s workshop for health workers and partner staff was conducted in November, to prepare for implementation in December.

  • A second Drought Response Consultative Meeting was jointly hosted by the Office of the President and Cabinet and the UN System in Zimbabwe. The meeting brought together over 130 senior representatives from the Government, traditional leaders, development partners, NGOs and UN agencies, to share good practices on provincial and district level drought response coordination, and to establish minimum criteria for monitoring and accountability to the people we serve.

  • The Productive Asset Creation (PAC) programme, in its last month of the 2016 cycle, assisted 56,217 people in four districts. Fifty-three assets were created and rehabilitated during the 2016 PAC programme cycle, strengthening communities’ resilience to drought-related shocks.

  • The Emergency School Feeding Programme provided a daily ration of a mid-morning porridge of super cereal to 76,477 pupils in three districts.

Challenges

  • Liquidity challenges in the country continue to hamper the timely provision of cash assistance to people receiving assistance through cash in transit.

Partnerships

  • To support the Government on Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) to end hunger, WFP works with other UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to ensure a multi-sectorial and sustainable approach. In line with the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe UN Development Assistance Framework, WFP is working with FAO to build the resilience of 5,389 farmers in Mudzi and Rushinga districts by increasing production and productivity of drought-tolerant small grains; and developing market linkages and a predictable demand. WFP is strengthening its partnership with UNFPA by providing food support to patients accessing free fistula repair services at the obstetric fistula treatment camps being supported by UNFPA. With UNICEF and the World Bank, WFP supports government efforts